The Board of Directors
“When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers therefore, are the founders of human civilization.” ~Daniel Webster
Ron is an Arizona native with a preoccupation for agriculture and our natural resources. Raised in the small farming and ranching community of Willcox, he developed a passion for the ‘agricultural’ way of life. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a major in Soil, Water, and Plant Science from the University of Arizona. Upon graduation, Ron began his career with the East Maricopa Water Conservation District as an Agricultural and Urban Water Consultant. He became an internationally certified agricultural irrigation specialist (CAIS), internationally certified landscape irrigation auditor (CLIA), and is certified to conduct stream flow discharge measurements by the US Geological Survey. In 2000, Ron was hired by the Salt River Project (SRP) in Phoenix as an Agricultural Consultant. He worked for many years with SRP’s shareholders helping them to optimize their water management practices while obtaining the best yields possible. Ron’s continued passion for water management led him to hold other positions within SRP that have helped Arizona preserve its natural resources. In 2007, he became an Engineering and Hydrographic Analyst in SRP’s Water Measurement group and most recently the Senior Training Analyst for SRP’s Water Distribution Operations department. Ron joined the AZFARE Board in June of 2013 and is currently serving as the Board President.
CAROLE DE COSMO
Carole grew up in on a small farm in Glendale. Graduated from Glendale High School. At ASU she received her MEd in education. She taught art and Computer Graphic Design at Phoenix College for 10 years.